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Nice first ride in the COLD.

 

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The Lakefront Trail is a lake!

At least the streets had time to drain by this morning.  There were a few times last night when I had to say a short prayer and hope the lake I was going through wouldn't have a submerged crash inducing hole or bit of concrete.  This AM, easy and sweet. The bike that is locked in front of my building can be seen again, it was burred up to the top tube (who does that to a bike?) alas, warmer please.

I fell for the first time in a long time yesterday.  On my way home from work I hit a side street patch that was coated in ice.  It was too late by the time I realized.   I turned (really slowly) and my wheels just slid out.  I have a solid strawberry on my forearm and hip.  To add insult, I was also yelled at by a couple of drivers who told me I was risking my life biking and that I should get off the road. None of them offered me a ride.

I rode for the first time all year. I had to walk to the end of my street which was more fit for hockey than cycling. I took a short ride to meet some friends for breakfast. It was fine on larger streets and dicey on smaller ones. There is still plenty of ice.

Wow, it's fantastic out there. Overdressed, needed to pull over and remove layers. Wish I had the day off to enjoy a long ride instead of going to work.

The Lakefront Trail from Oak Street north has some serious stretches of ice.  It's thick enough in places so that some will be around tomorrow, so watch out on your commutes!

Bummer that ice is still covering some spots. I biked from Belmont Cragin to and from Lincoln Square, Bucktown and Skokie this weekend and was thrilled by all the clear, dry pavement. Came across ice in the road only under a bridge and on one side street that hadn't been plowed (so there were car tire tracks that had cleared parts of the road but the middle was still encased).

After all of this warming and melting I am going to give side streets a shot tomorrow.

With holidays and weather, this morning was the first time in over 3 weeks I rode into work.

Most have forgotten how to dress properly. I was hot.

Same here on the too many layers front. But today's ride has me with a SEG and singing. Damn this is so much nicer than last week.

Duppie said:

With holidays and weather, this morning was the first time in over 3 weeks I rode into work.

Most have forgotten how to dress properly. I was hot.

Rode up Cortland from Damen today. Heads up, there is a MONSTER pothole right after the bridge East of Elston. They filled it with sandbags but it could easily toss you and destroy your wheel. Beautiful morning for a ride.

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